For Facelift Patients, Hair Coloring Will Have To Wait

When To Color Your Hair After A Facelift Image - Tallahassee Plastic Surgery ClinicRhytidectomy surgery, better known as a facelift, is a restorative procedure that counters the appearance of aging and fatigue in the face. During the recovery time following this procedure, certain restrictions and precautions should be taken seriously. Many patients electing for rhytidectomy routinely dye or color their hair. This cannot be done until the patient has fully healed.

There are a number of estimates on the amount of time required to heal, but these should be understood as generalizations. Each patient is unique and, as a result, their recovery will vary. Patients can expect roughly two to four weeks for bruising and swelling to reduce and subside. Within this same timeframe, it is not uncommon for incisions to heal and scabs to fall off. This is the significant and determining factor in when you can or cannot have your hair colored. We urge patients to put into perspective the total healing time when thinking about hair color and overall appearance. The results of the facelift may not be fully realized until one to two months following the surgery and the incision lines will continue to fade over the period of one year.

With this in mind, please be aware that you should not dye your hair until all incisions have closed and scabs have fallen off. A number of patients choose to have their hair colored just prior to the facelift. This can be done the day before surgery or even the morning of. This frontend approach decreases the need for hair coloring quickly after surgery, thus preventing root exposure and noticeable color contrast when healing from a facelift.

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